Understanding Brain Development from the Inside Out

Jenny Benson, Ph.D.

This session will explore basic concepts of brain development using scenes from Pixar's 2015 movie Inside Out to illustrate key ideas and bring the learning to life.

Intended Audience

Anyone working with or on behalf of young children.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will understand basic brain structures, where they are located and the purpose of each.
  • Participants will understand key concepts of brain development such as plasticity and pruning.
  • Participants will be able to articulate the roles that relationships play in brain development.
  • Participants will understand key emotions and how they affect children's behavior.